THE Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Rishi Sunak, has extended an invitation to Namibia to participate in the UK-Africa Summit, scheduled to take place next year.
This invitation was passed on by the British High Commissioner to Namibia, Charles Moore, during a courtesy meeting with President Hage Geingob. Moore said that the UK’s Prime Minister is personally enthusiastic about inviting Namibia to initiate a trade and investment relationship between the two countries.
Moore disclosed that the summit is planned for April next year in London. He further mentioned that the early delivery of the invitation demonstrates the UK’s intention to prioritize partnerships across Africa, emphasizing that the summit is not just another opportunity for the UK to secure additional trade and investment partners.
“I work very close with your high commissioner in London and this is one of the fruits of this labour to ensure that Namibia is included in the investment summit, which is designed to generate new partnership between us and to increase the level of trade and investment, recognising all the opportunities that exist in Namibia,” explained Moore.
He expressed satisfaction with the progress made in creating awareness, noting an increase in inquiries regarding trade and investment opportunities in Namibia. Moore highlighted that the upcoming UK-Africa Summit will provide the country with an additional boost.
“All the promotion that I’ve been doing, in conjunction with your high commissioner, is really paying dividends now. We’re getting much more inquiries about opportunities here for investment and for trade. And next year, this Africa investment summit is due to give that extra boost as well, particularly in sectors that are important for Namibia,” he added.
Moore emphasized that the next decade holds great promise for Namibia, especially considering the country’s ambitions in the green hydrogen sector. He regarded Namibia as one of the most credible countries with green hydrogen plans.
President Geingob echoed Moore’s sentiments, expressing agreement that the country will soon be in a favourable position after operating in crisis mode for an extended period due to various factors, including drought and the impact of Covid-19.